Does Choline really help?

fasd success show May 26, 2024

Join us for an insightful and inspiring episode of The #FetalAlcoholSyndrome(FASD) Success Show. I'm your host, Jeff Noble, and in Episode #156, we welcome Dr. Jeffrey Wozniak and Dr. Blake Gimbel to discuss the latest in FASD research, focusing on choline and brain imaging studies.

In this episode, Dr. Wozniak and Dr. Gimbel provide updates on their groundbreaking follow-up study on the effects of choline in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). They delve into how choline can help optimize brain development and share the promising results from their initial studies.

Tune in to learn about:

  • Choline's Role in Brain Development: Discover how choline supplementation can aid in memory and cognitive development in children with PAE and why early intervention is key.

  • Long-Term Study Findings: Dr. Wozniak discusses the lasting impacts observed in children years after the initial choline study, highlighting improvements in nonverbal intelligence and memory.

  • Brain...

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Level Up Your FASD Advocacy with Alicia Munn


 Alicia Munn opens up about her transformative journey in the world of FASD caregiving. She shares her powerful story, filled with both the highs and lows, offering invaluable insights for fellow caregivers. Alicia's experience navigating the complexities of FASD, combined with her dedication and innovative strategies, serves as an inspiration to all.

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll discover:

  • Alicia's path from frustration in her previous job to becoming an FASD pioneer.
  • The challenges she faced working in various environments and how she overcame them.
  • Practical strategies Alicia implemented to support her child and others with FASD.
  • How Alicia’s unwavering determination led to success stories in caregiving.

We also touch on:

  • The victories and growth Alicia has witnessed through her perseverance and support network.
  • The significance of community and how it has been pivotal in Alicia’s caregiving journey.
  • Practical advice on managing daily...
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HOPE SHREDS: Strumming Through the Struggles with Demi!


Do you find yourself asking, "Does it get any better? Who will take care of them when I'm not here? It's the thought that keeps many of us up at night. But let me tell you, there's light ahead, and it's shining brightly in the stories of individuals like Demi Forsyth. 

In today’s episode, Demi doesn't hold back. She's living proof that the journey with FASD is as much about the wins as it is about the challenges. She’s here to share her personal playbook on how she's navigated the path to independence, handled life's sharp turns, and found her footing when things seemed off-balance. 

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll discover: 

  • Demi’s approach to forging her own path and what it signals for young adults with FASD. 
  • Insights into Demi’s strategies for adapting to life's shifts, from new living environments to dealing with loss. 
  • Demi’s tried-and-true techniques for managing her finances, offering a blueprint...
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#153 Engaging Reluctant Dads: Strategies for Shared Success

fasd success show Apr 22, 2024

Join host Jeff Noble in this week's episode of The FASD Success Show as he sits down with Dr. Mike Howlett, a dedicated father, and veterinarian, who shares his personal and professional experiences in navigating FASD within his family.

In his professional capacity Mike or Dr. Mike is a full time small animal Veterinarian with a background education in Engineering and Biology before pursuing his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Along the way he pursued his interests in Aviation earning his commercial pilots license, Level 1 fire-fighter training and just for fun went to clown school and worked as a children's entertainer. In his home life Mike has been in a committed relationship with his wife of 25 years, is the father of 2 special needs children, fur dad to 2 Golden Retrievers and a Boston Terrier collected from his work along with being a faithful servant to his 2 household cat masters.

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#152 How to Live with Less Fear and Frustration about the Future

fasd success show Apr 14, 2024

Welcome to another enlightening episode of The FASD Success Show! In this episode, we are joined by Kim Driscoll, whose dual role as an adoptive mother and a professional in the field provides a unique and invaluable perspective on navigating the complex world of FASD and adoption.

Kim's journey is both heartfelt and instructional. It sheds light on the profound impact of adoption within the FASD community and the emotional and practical challenges it presents. From her personal story of adopting her son to her professional involvement with the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation, Kim illustrates the resilience and dedication required to support individuals with FASD.

In this episode Jeff and Kim discuss:

  • Understanding FASD in Adoption: Kim shares her deeply personal experiences of adopting her son, including the challenging decision to miss his 13th birthday to attend a crucial conference. Her story highlights the complex emotions and strategic decisions involved in FASD...
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#151 Why Accepting Help… Helps! Unveiling Aaron Howlett’s Journey from Acceptance to Advocacy in FASD

fasd success show Mar 24, 2024

Welcome to another groundbreaking episode of The FASD Success Show. This episode takes us deep into the life of Aaron Howlett, a vibrant 17-year-old with FASD, whose story of acceptance, support, and advocacy illuminates the path for families navigating similar journeys.

Aaron's narrative provides a compelling insight into the world of FASD, highlighting the pivotal moments of challenge and transformation that define his experience. From grappling with the nuances of his condition to embracing the support that catalyzed his advocacy, Aaron's journey offers vital lessons and inspiration for our community.

Aaron's story begins with the raw challenges of understanding and accepting his FASD diagnosis. Through his candid recount, listeners will:

  • Understand the complexities of living with FASD, including the struggles with school, social interactions, and self-perception.
  • Learn about the crucial role of acceptance in managing FASD, as Aaron discusses how coming to terms with...
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#150 From Edge of Collapse to Community Compass: Mary’s Triumph Over FASD Adversity

fasd success show Mar 18, 2024

Welcome to a transformative episode of The FASD Success Show, where we delve into the heart-wrenching yet uplifting journey of resilience and community-building within the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) realm.

Mary’s journey began with the adoption of her son at birth. Her background in early childhood education and special needs allowed her to challenge the professionals that there was more to the alphabet soup diagnosis they had given her child. Undaunted, she reached out for community support and finally connected with an FASD informed practitioner that guided her family in the right direction. She felt a strong call to action and decided to combine her passion for advocacy, coaching and mentoring, and her desire to give back to others.

Life came full circle when she chose to partner with Caroline Johnson, the very first FASD informed professional that supported Mary & her family, in the creation of a new nonprofit organization, Harrison’s Hope...

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#149: The Alex Duthie Episode!

fasd success show Mar 11, 2024

Hey, folks! Welcome to a truly special episode of The FASD Success Show. Today, we're paying tribute to an incredible soul, Alex Duthie. Alex wasn't just any moderator in our community; he was the heart and humor behind so much of what we do. Since 2019, Alex has been a steadfast presence, bringing laughter, warmth, and immense wisdom to us all. Sadly, Alex has passed away on February 25, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that we're here to celebrate in "Remembering Alex Duthie: A Beacon of Humor and Heart."

Alex’s journey was nothing short of inspiring. As a dad, caregiver, and the glue of our online community, he showed us the unmatched power of humor to lift spirits and the importance of creating a space where everyone feels seen and heard. His knack for finding a light in the darkest corners and weaving a sense of family among us has left an indelible mark.

In this episode you will hear some of Jeff's insights and thoughts on Alex's legacy:

The Power of Humor:...

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#148 Transforming FASD Through Peer Mentorship

fasd success show Mar 03, 2024

Welcome to another enlightening episode of The FASD Success Show, where we continue to explore new dimensions of support and understanding within the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) community. Episode #148 - Discover the Impact: Transforming FASD with Peer Mentorship - takes us on a journey into the heart of connection, empathy, and empowerment with Tracy, Catherine and Nicole.

Tracy Moisan is the the Program Director for the FASD & Me: Strengthening My Community program, including the recent pilot project, FASD & Me: for Teens & Youth Peer Mentoring Program. She is also a founding member and past director of two FASD parent support networks and Program Director for the the National Consortium on Aggression toward Family/Caregivers in Childhood and Adolescence (AFCCA). As an adoptive parent she also advocates and has partnered on multiple research studies sharing her lived experience.

Catherine McIntyre, MSW, RSW is a Social Worker with the FASD...

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#147 Legal Lifelines: Advocating for FASD in the Justice System

fasd success show Feb 25, 2024

In the latest episode of The FASD Success Show, we venture into the often intimidating and complex world of the justice system, specifically through the lens of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In this episode Jeff Noble and co-host Barb Clark have an an enlightening conversation with legal expert Kyle White, who has dedicated his career to representing individuals with FASD facing legal challenges.

As a Minnesota criminal defense attorney, Kyle’s advocacy has helped change the legal landscape. He has won several cases before the Appellate Courts involving minority populations, which include upholding individual’s constitutional rights and ensuring their voices are heard. Presently, he is one of the leading authorities on individuals experiencing mental health illnesses that are involved in the criminal justice system. He is the past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Minnesota Chapter. He works closely with Proof...

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